Despite the performances of America’s top women’s soccer pros, they had to sue the league for equal pay in 2019. The new documentary LFG looks at what happened on and off the field. Watch the trailer.
The US National Women’s Team has earned its reputation for legendary victories, but their pay forced many of the biggest stars to have side hustles. Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, and Jessica McDonald all appear in the film to discuss the issue and its ramifications for equal pay everywhere. Via People:
Back in 2019, the USWNT players filed a gender-discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation three months before their victory at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The athletes claimed that they are not paid equally to the men’s national players. They also alleged they have experienced “institutionalized gender discrimination,” despite having the same job responsibilities. (A judge ruled against the players’ claims of unequal pay in 2020.)
“Even though I’m on the USA team I have to coach just to make ends meet. Childcare is more important than my paychecks,” Jessica McDonald says in the clip, highlighting the pay issue.
The film starts streaming on HBO Max on June 24 Let’s F%&$ing Go!
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